Faculty Profiles

Howard Winant
Ph.D 1980, UC Santa Cruz
Research Interests

Howard Winant is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is also affiliated with the Black Studies, Chicana/o Studies, and Asian American Studies departments.  He founded and directed the University of California Center for New Racial Studies. Winant's research and writing focuses on racial theory and social theory, and the comparative historical sociology, political sociology, and cultural sociology of race, both in the US and globally. He is the author of The New Politics of Race: Globalism, Difference, Justice (UMinnPress, 2004); The World Is a Ghetto: Race and Democracy Since World War II (Basic, 2001), Racial Conditions: Politics, Theory, Comparisons (UMinnPress, 1994); Racial Formation in the United States: From the 1960s to the 1990s (co-authored with Michael Omi - Routledge, 2015, 1994, and 1986); and Stalemate: Political Economic Origins of Supply-Side Policy (Praeger, 1988). He is the co-editor (with Paola Bacchetta and Sunaina Maira) of Global Raciality: Empire, Postcoloniality, DeColoniality (Routledge 2019).

Teaching Areas

Sociology of Race and Racism

Race/Class/Gender Intersectionality

Political Sociology

Comparative Historical Sociology

Social Theory


Current Courses

2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR:

Fall 2019:

Sociology 131, Political Sociology

Sociology 216D, Topics in Race, Ethnicity, and Nation. Topic: RACIAL CAPITALISM

Winter 2020:

Sociology 131, Political Sociology

Sociology 128, Sociology of Race and Racism

Spring, 2020:

Non-teaching quarter: In residence, office hours held. It's a good idea to email me and set up an appointment.

Contact Information

Social Sciences and Media Studies Bldg 3308
office hours
T 10:00am-12:00pm
Course Enrollment/Crash Policy

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Please note that the UC system has increased enrollments without increasing the number of classes or faculty to handle the demands of students. This policy is what creates so much pressure to find the classes you need. More students is not the problem: qualified people should be able to attend UC.  The problem is money. The state wants CA families to fund UC with tuition, rather than appropriating adequate funds in the state budget. If you care about this, talk to your legislators (and parents). Support adequate funding for education in California! Thanks.